Following a successful shakedown this weekend, Toyota releases further details about the technical specs of its electric-powered Pikes Peak race car. The EV P002 showed promising performance during the the two-say test session, and is now ready to go for the electric record at the end of this month.
Based on the same race car that broke the electric lap record of the Nurburgring, the Toyota EV P002 is powered by a sophisticated electric system that develops 400kW and 1,200Nm of torque. That insane amount of torque is produced by 2 axial flux motors featuring 2 TMG inverters.
They deliver the power to the wheels via a single-reduction gearing system with a ratio of 3.13. At its best, the EV P002 can reach 140 mph. The battery pack consists of lithium ceramic units with a capacity of 42 kWh.
The handling characteristics of the EV P002 is pretty unique, considering the way those electric motors deliver their toque; the car’s compact size – 4.1m long, 1.7m wide – and the optimized aerodynamics. The new adjustments result in a three-fold increase in downforce, while the carbon ceramic brake ensure the driver will have enough stopping power to avoid falling off of the hill going around a bend at over 100 mph.
During the first test, the car’s balance, braking, traction control and cooling, and tyre options were evaluated and tuned by Toyota Motorsport (TMG) and Toyota Racing Development USA (TRD) team with Pikes Peak vet Rob Millen at the wheel.
The P002 seems to have all the bases covered to break its last year’s record of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds.